Erling Haaland Rages at Referee After Controversial Decision Denies Man City a Winner vs Tottenham

Erling Haaland Rages at Referee After Controversial Decision Denies Man City a Winner vs Tottenham

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Erling Haaland was fuming at the referee over a decision on December 3
  • Manchester City played out a thrilling draw against Tottenham Hotspur
  • The referee controversially failed to play an advantage for City near the end

Erling Haaland led the outrage among Manchester City players and fans after a controversial decision by referee, Simon Hooper during the game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The two Premier League giants played out to an entertaining 3-3 draw in a game in which both teams had the chance to win it.

However, City will feel more aggrieved at dropping two points, especially following the events towards the closing stages of the top flight clash.

Erling Haaland shouts at Simon Hooper after the referee denied Manchester City a chance to win against Tottenham Hotspur on December 3, 2023.
Erling Haaland fumes at the referee after a controversial call during Man City's draw against Tottenham Hotspur on December 3. Photo by James Gill.
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Dejan Kulusevski rescued a point for the visitors, but Man City pushed for a winner late on.

Tensions boiled over when Haaland played a through ball to Jack Grealish, only for Hooper to blow the whistle, stopping what looked to be a one-on-one situation with the player and the opposition goalkeeper.

The referee brought play back as the Norwegian had been fouled by Emerson Royal, despite having signalled the advantage for the Citizens seconds earlier.

According to Football London, Haaland was so incensed by the decision that he was heard yelling foul language at the match officials while storming down the tunnel.

City vs Spurs: what happened?

Tottenham took the lead early through Son Heung-min, but the South Korean turned villain moments later by scoring an own goal to level matters.

City then took the lead before the breakthrough via Phil Foden, who finished off a slick counter-attack.

The visitors were back in the game in the second half as Giovani Lo Celso produced a lovely curling strike in the back of the net, but there was more drama to come.

As reported by the BBC, nine minutes from time, City thought they had won it as Haaland fed Grealish, who turned home his first goal since April.

But Ange Postecoglou’s side avoided a fourth defeat in a row in dramatic circumstances as Kulusevski’s late header earned them a deserved point.

The draw, coupled with Liverpool’s win over Fulham earlier in the day, leaves Manchester City in third place - three points behind league leaders, Arsenal.

Guardiola name-drops Arteta after game

Sports Brief also reported on how Pep Guardiola referenced Mikel Arteta while commenting on the controversial refereeing decision.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he refused to be drawn into any controversy as he declined to lambaste Hooper over his call.

"Next question. I will not do a Mikel Arteta comment," Guardiola stated before eventually giving his two cents.
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